Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

Social Science looks at why and how we live the way we do. The social sciences look at society and social behaviour to understand, explain, and change human behaviour to positively transform the lives of individuals, families and communities. Social Scientists work in diverse social environments to identify issues and develop strategies for solutions to social problems. Nationally and globally there is a demand for social scientists who are able to understand the complex and changing needs of societies in the face of technological, economic and social changes that constantly affect the smallest of communities to the largest of continents.

This degree

The UOW Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar) is a program for high-achieving students. You will have extended subject loads, and guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree. You will have extended library privileges, invitations to attend School workshops and seminars and networking events. There's also the opportunity for casual employment in the UOW Faculty of Social Sciences, community research, or projects supervised by leading practitioners or scholars for 15 hours per year.

What you will study

You will study a common first year and you will also complete a mandatory Dean's Scholar-only subject relating to leadership in the social sciences. You can specialise in one of the majors the Bachelor of Social Science has to offer including:

Course information

Study area

Arts & Humanities, Geography, Health & Medicine, Psychology, Public Health, Social Sciences



Course Code




IB Score



3 years (6 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

For international students applying for the Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar) course, an interview may also be required so that the student can demonstrate evidence of his/her high achieving academic ability and outline the ways in which he/she hopes to make a practical and scholarly contribution to transforming lives and communities.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


2018 Information
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $71,568

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge:  Any 2 units of English

UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

As per Tertiary/Secondary Studies.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.

Admission criteria

Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International students



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Social Science (Dean’s Scholar) will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences and social science practice.
  2. Consolidate and synthesise theoretical and practical knowledge of the dynamics of social systems and practices in different settings and apply this to their chosen speciality.
  3. Inquire into the dynamics of particular social problems and practices using established social science protocols consistent with their speciality.
  4. Inquire into and address ongoing learning needs.
  5. Analyse unpredictable, complex problems, issues and situations; apply creative, logical and critical thinking skills; and form evidence-based judgements regarding possible solutions.
  6. Articulate ideas using a wide range of techniques effective with different audiences, including experts and non-experts.
  7. Work collaboratively with a range of people in different cultural, cross-cultural and regional contexts to best effect desired and desirable social change.
  8. Recognise the importance of ethical practice, social responsibility, social justice and civic awareness when acting to resolve conflicts, address problems and respond to social and environmental challenges.
  9. Construct an evidence based approach to identifying and developing their leadership potential as a social scientist in a changing world.

 Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar) requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects including: 

a) all core subjects; and 

b) a Social Science major; and

c) a Social Science minor, or minor from the General Schedule of Minors; and

d) additional elective credit points to complete the degree, if required.

Students must maintain a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 80% in each year of enrolment, from and including Year 2, to remain enrolled in the Dean's Scholar Program.

No more than 60 credit points of 100-level subjects shall be completed.

 Core subjects

 All students, except Education for Change majors*, complete the following core subjects. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core subjects
Year 1
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
GEOG121 Human Geography: Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
HAS 220 Becoming a Social Scientist: Interdisciplinary Competencies 6 Autumn
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
And one or both of:**
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
Year 2
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
HAS 202 Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
HAS 233 Leadership, Scholarship and Social Change 6 Spring
And one or both of:
HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6 Autumn
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring

*The Education for Change major is not available for commencement in 2017.


  • Students are advised to take SOC103 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Criminology or Sociology.
  • Students are advised to take HAS130 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Health Promotion, Public Health or Social Marketing. 
  • Students in other majors should choose a subject according to their interests or planned minors.

Majors (Delivery Locations)

All students must complete one of the following majors. In most cases you can leave your selection of major to Spring semester. If you intend completing a major in Community Culture and Environment, Education for Change or Indigenous Studies you are advised to make this decision in Autumn semester of Year 1 and choose subjects accordingly.

Shoalhaven may offer a limited range of choice in subjects in years two and three.

Minors (and delivery locations)

All students must complete a minor. Students may choose from this recommended list, or from the General Schedule of Minors.


Electives may be selected from any subject listed in the core, major and minor tables for the Bachelor of Social Science, or from the General Elective Subjects list.

The following career readiness electives are recommended:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 201 Work Health & Safety 6 Spring
HAS 347 Social Sciences Project 6 Spring

Recommended Social Science electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GEOG123Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country6Spring


Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW Social Sciences is an innovative discipline giving you expertise in research, and practical knowledge of social systems and practices in diverse environments. Our Social Science academics are at the forefront of their specialisations. They're accredited professionals, published authors and respected researchers who are connected to their professional research networks. They take all this experience with them to the classroom to enrich and guide your learning experience.

Career opportunities
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